Questions tagged [wood]

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Edge-to-endgrain butt joint

I need to make this out of 2x4 lumber. It's not load-bearing but needs to be somewhat stiff against skew (L-to-R in the image above). The part I'm not sure about is the end-grain to edge butt joints ...
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Green (Undried) Cedar for raised bed framing? [migrated]

I'm rebuilding a couple of sections of a raised bed that has rotted out. The sides and ends are essentially simple 2x4 frames, which I will build out of Western red cedar. I have a choice of using ...
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How can I cut 4x4 posts that are already mounted?

I'm in the process of installing a handrail here and the former owner put these pressure-treated 4x4 posts without cutting them first. They're in the ground already and need to be cut at the correct ...
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Care for solid oak desk

I'm looking to make a desk from some solid oak, and want something that will last me a long time. I was wondering if such a piece of wood can be 'renewed' over time by say sanding to strip the stain ...
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Best way to repair cracked attic post?

There's a post (layman's term) in the middle of my attic that is cracking and bent. It wasn't like that the last time I checked maybe 2 months ago. This is in a 30 year-old house. Now that I think of ...
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How to seal an OSB shed floor against pest, weather, and temperature?

This question follows from my previous question about leveling my OSB shed floor. I didn't realize until I received several comments and suggestions that said question actually has two focuses: How ...
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What's the right size of gravel for fence posts?

I am going to put up a compost bay system with 125 x 125mm (5"x5") square posts. The plan is to not use concrete, but backfill the post hole with gravel. What's the best size gravel for the ...
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What is this English wardrobe cabinet fitting?

I'd like to find out what these fittings were used for to decide whether to remove them. They are installed horizontally and vertically. My first guess was that they were swing out basket hinges, but ...
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How to repair a bulged exterior door threshold?

A newly installed door has become very sticky at the bottom. Inspection shows the bottom portion of frame is bulging up. My guess is that the wood used to prop up the door threshold has swollen due to ...
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Wood treatment for sauna exterior, safe if inhaled in small quantities?

Are there any special considerations in treating the outside of a wooden sauna? My concern is that a small, but nonzero amount of any treatment used will seep inside the sauna, as some water seeps ...
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How to seal oiled wooden bathroom floor?

I am buying a house which has a pine floor in the bathroom, treated with Osmo oil. Having the boards themselves well-oiled will make them waterproof, but there will also be cracks and gaps which ...
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What Support/Legs would i need for a 2m Solid Oak Computer Desk?

I am currently decorating a room which is going to be my office and there is a 2m space for a computer desk. I am thinking of ordering a solid oak worktop to use as the desk (2M X 720 X 40mm ~46kg) ...
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Separate laminate from chipboard

I am trying to separate the thin layer of laminate that is glued to the chipboard. I have so far managed to cut the piece across the width, and after soaking it in water for several days the chipboard ...
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Color matching: repaired white oak flooring turned out pink

I had someone replace a row and half of my white oak flooring. The original flooring was Owens white oak with bona natural finish. My repairer ordered the same wood, installed it, then did a natural ...
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What is this orange yellow substance on my wooden studs inside walls?

There's some kind of orange yellowish looking substance that forms into tiny bubbles (it looks sticky, but I haven't touched it). It seems to be on my floor joists and wall studs. The house is from ...
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Fixing very old, very undersized ceiling joists

I own a 24x60' uninsulated building that's about 100 years old. The roof is matched 2x4 rafters (no ridge board) with 2x4 ceiling joist (technically rafter ties I guess). As you can imagine, the ...
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Identifying wood type of broken stair treads and installing new risers

We have wooden basement stairs that are probably 20+ years old and several of the treads are starting to split down the middle (underneath) lengthwise. I'm debating replacing the cracked ones or just ...
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Stain / residue on hardwood after years of rug covering

I just bought a house from the mid 1800’s. Hardwood throughout but two rooms have had rugs on the floor for obviously many, many, years. When we pulled up the rugs we found that the hardwood was ...
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Are there any issues with this Trap Door Garage “Attic” Design?

We have a two story house that has a garage that has half of the 2nd story covering it and the other half doesn't. I want to build an "attic" opening to be able to access to run cables and ...
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Will this screwdriver set fit into my corded Bosch GSB 450?

I've this drill. My aim is to drive screws using this driver (not really worried about the drill bits, those are just bonus) I've seen numerous videos on YouTube but all use the holder end (screenshot ...
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How might I attach pieces of lumber between two garage ceiling joists for the larger goal of mounting a punching bag to the lumber?

I'm extremely new to home improvement and am seeking some input from people far more experienced than myself on the following project. In short, I want to install a punching bag in my garage. The bag (...
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References to calculate lumber size and span for flat roof?

I want to design a flat roof extension to create a screen patio. I would like to find a reference for maximum span and sizing with standard (such as SY pine) lumber for beams and joists. I'm not going ...
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Mounting computer to a particle board

I recently purchased a standing desk and attached a top from Ikea that has a particle board core. I've ran into the issue where cable management is really annoying when my desk goes up and down so I ...
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Wood stain is not tacky but still leaves residue on cloth

I built a wooden table using Pine. I sanded and stained the whole thing, wiping off the excess. It is in my garage and temperatures have been in the upper 40s - low 50s so I was expecting longer ...
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How to attach a new 2x4 wall frame's top plate to a concrete load bearing ceiling beam?

I have a concrete beam that extends throughout my apartment. The concrete beam comes down about 30cm from the ceiling. I would like to build a wall underneath the beam, running along the beam. I plan ...
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MC Cable through double 2x4 top plate

I'll be newly wiring a room on the second floor, in this case putting in outlets. The house is old, balloon frame 2x4s, with a double 2x4 top plate that the rafters rest on. I have 250 feet of 12/2 mc ...
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How should I fill gaps in wooden skirting board etc?

I got this product to fill deep holes. It is a general purpose filler which states: This is a non-shrink, ready mixed mortar made with natural hydraulic lime, siliceous and calcareous sand (0-0.6mm) ...
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3-Arm pergola corner bracket for 4x4s?

How can I reproduce the functionality of these 3-Arm pergola corner brackets for 4x4 wood posts? My concern is that it will need to securely hold the weight of the treated 4x4. They would be used for ...
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Can I use an “impact driver for concrete” to drill or drive screws in wood?

I'm making a slat board fence with old weathered wood and 2x4s. My new cordless drill has 2 battery packs. I bought an impact driver for concrete but never used one before. Can I use my impact driver ...
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White specks on framing lumber

I'm asking about advise\idea\help. I'm new home buyer in Austin area TX. I bought a new home in the foundation stage. Now it's in the framing stage. I found that some lumbers (about 4-5) on the first ...
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Will my wooden bridge withstand the weight of my small truck?

I am building a bridge across a small stream. I have 3 hemlock planks that are 24 feet long, and are 6 inches by 4 inches in dimension. The hemlock planks are positioned so that the 6 inch sides are ...
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How to fix gaps in shelf without a table saw?

I built this shelf for my office, I want to make it look as seamless as possible. I work with kids, only lightweight toys will go on this shelf. I was hoping some type of cover existed I could put ...
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How to reinforce a Wobbly hipped roof gazebo built on a concrete patio?

My husband is building a 10x10 hipped roof gazebo by our pool. It looks great, but the closer he gets to finishing and adding more weight on top with the shingles etc. the shakier it becomes. It is ...
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How to unscrew a screw that I can't access frontally? [duplicate]

I need to unscrew a screw that I can't access frontally. How can I do it? Googling a bit I was thinking of a Torque Wrench, do you think it's the right choice?
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Floor standing U wood frame built at home - what to use for a 90 degree joint?

I'm building a U frame (inverted U). So it will have two side pieces, and one piece sitting at the top of these sides. I plan to use a 3/4" melamine that is 4 inches wide. It is white melamine on ...
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How to remove or fix the stain on this table?

I think a harsh chemical remove the varnish on this table, how should I go about fixing it?
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Anchors for concrete - what to use on a concrete ceiling?

When it comes to concrete, besides metal anchors like lag shield we have the plastic ones being: wall plug, plastic anchor and ribbed anchor. Is there any other (non-metal) anchor that can be used on ...
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Install wood panel in concrete ceiling

I would like to install a 30 x 60 inches wood panel (1 inch thick) in the ceiling. Not sure how much this wood panel alone would weight. Looking for suggestions of what kind of wood to use. The idea ...
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Can i paint over this semi sanded gloss door?

The door has been painted with white oil-based wood gloss paint over the past 15-20 years (See first image). In the past, I would just paint over it which worked fine the few times I did it. Now I ...
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How to stop paneling cracks around air vent

I bought an older home which has some wood paneling that I've been caulking, Spackling, and painting. I've recently had some issues however with an area of the paneling where it was cut to install an ...
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Join kitchen worktops, one side has a 2~3mm gap because I cut the wrong side of the line

I am installing my first kitchen and have had to make two cuts. One of the cuts I've done on the wrong side of the line resulting in a 2~3mm gap. I was given Colorfill to use to join the worktops. ...
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Are wooden pallets decent wood?

What type of wood are most pallets made from? Are they worth the trouble - removing boards, removing nails, etc?
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What made these holes in my 2x4 stud?

I'm framing up a basement, and one of the 2x4 studs I bought had these curious holes in them, presumably made by an insect. The insect didn't appear to be still around, and the damage done to the ...
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Should I caulk the gap between a wood threshold and concrete?

I want to sand down and paint the threshold to my front door, pictured below. The wood itself is fine (not rotten). There is a small gap between where the wood sits on the concrete steps. I assume I ...
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Mixing Bora-care - how do I know how much to use?

I'm planning to use Bora-care as a preventive measure on some exterior wood. But I don't understand how to calculate the amount of water and concentrate to use. Here is the label with instructions: ...
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What's the easiest way to fix these deck joists?

Today I found some deck joists are either cracked or completely out of shape. I was wondering do I have to remove all the boards to replace these joists? There are two joists that seem to be really ...
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Does varnishing floors create a fire hazard?

I am considering buying a house with new wooden floors. I am not sure yet what type of varnish/sealent is in use. I am concerned that the fire escape route is wooden, and I do not want to increase the ...
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How to remove glass from old door and replace it with wood?

I have an old door that has glass panels and is covered with an ugly coating of white film. I would like to replace it with a wooden door. the problem is the door is a custom size and I can't just buy ...
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Cedar beveled siding does not seem to be overlapped and nailed properly

Until I decided to replace a couple of ~16-inch long, beveled-siding from exterior I have never given thought on the width of the exposed face. On my house, the exposed face of the cedar siding ...
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Will my DIY wood and PVC cat cage hold up?

I'm a total amateur, looking for feedback on my plan for a DIY wood-and-PVC cat cage before I build it. CONTEXT: My cat injured his spine and needs cage rest. However, he anxiously scratches the mesh ...

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